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Stories about people just like you. People who don’t feel comfortable in front of a camera, but still had a great time getting pictures that they love. Plus, some tips and tricks for how to look your best when you get your picture taken.

 
 
 
 
Three Things You Can Do To Find Your Perfect Wedding Photo Location

I recently shot a wedding for Zac and Beth, a couple in Ft. Collins Colorado. We sat down a few weeks before the wedding to make sure we were all on the same page, and one of the things we talked about was where we would shoot their bridal party and couple photos on the day of their wedding. They had a few options in mind, and I had a few suggestions as well, but the only thing that really stood out was this one property on the south end of town. We looked up the street view on Google maps and from what we could tell, it looked beautiful. It was a relatively large property with willow trees and a little stream and a covered bridge. It seemed to be pretty well taken care of, and it fit perfectly with the aesthetic for this couple's wedding (their colors were silver and green, lots of greenery). There was only one problem. It was a private property and none of us knew the owners.

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How to Fake a Cinematic Aspect Ratio in Premiere

You may have noticed that it is super popular lately to use wider aspect ratios that simulate a cinematic look. The standard aspect ratios for film and tv are 4:3 (standard) and 16:9 (widescreen) which are aspects of 1.333 and 1.777 respectively.  Some popular cinematic aspect ratios are 1.85 (theatrical) and 2.39 (anamorphic theatrical) which are longer and thinner. If you want to be legit, you can get this effect by desqueezing anamorphic footage.

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Sigma 60mm f/2.8 Review

I recently picked up Sigma’s 60mm f/2.8 DN for my a6300. It is a part of their “Art” Line and it seems to be one lens in a series Sigma specifically makes for Sony's a6000/a6300/a6500 line because it is E-Mount and made for ASP-C size sensors. That series currently includes a 19mm, a  30mm and a 60mm and after seeing the quality of the 60, I plan on getting at least the 19 and maybe the 30 as well. It seems to be mostly metal construction and feels very solid in your hand, but it is much smaller and lighter than my Canon 50mm f/1.4 , especially once you add the adapter necessary to get it on an E-Mount camera.

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